A Study of Institutions in Dickens’s <i>Bleak House</i> as a Representation of Foucault’s Disciplinary Society
Mani Ghadamkheir, Mahboubeh Mahmoudzadeh, Shahid Chamran University, Iran (Islamic Republic Of)
ILSHS Volume 70, ISSN 2300-2697
This study employs Foucault's views on the strategies of power to analyze that the institutional world of Bleak House makes a disciplinary structure. The intrusion of these institutions in all strata of society in the novel, from the aristocratic Dedlocks to the poor area of Tom-All-Alone shapes a panoptic structure in which everyone is visible through a permanent and omniscient gaze. Under the matrix of various institutions almost all the characters in the novel, directly or indirectly, are trapped and engaged. This study shows the modernity of Dickens views on power relations in society and gives readers new maps to read Bleak House and new perspectives from which to view it.
Ghadamkheir, M. & Mahmoudzadeh, M. (2016). A Study of Institutions in Dickens’s Bleak House as a Representation of Foucault’s Disciplinary Society. International Letters of Social and Humanistic Sciences, 70, 53-61.